Amid a political tussle over an order by ministry of dwelling affairs granting extra powers to BSF, consultants associated to safety forces have combined emotions on it. Whereas a former Punjab DGP feels the Border Safety Power (BSF) is supplied to take care of new threats corresponding to drones simply, a former BSF ADG mentioned it would divert the organisation from fulfilling its “main mandate” of border guarding.
In accordance with a brand new gazette notification, dated October 11, BSF officers can now search, seize, arrest — at par with their police counterparts — 50 km deep into border states Punjab, West Bengal and Assam. The sooner jurisdictional restrict for these states was 15 km. Whereas Assam has welcomed the Centre’s transfer, Punjab and West Bengal have condemned the transfer calling it an assault on “federal construction”.
Apparently, even with a police background, former Punjab DGP Shashi Kant instructed News18 that BSF will need to have the facility to grab drones that come into Indian territory.
“We (Punjab Police) have labored in intelligence businesses and different central authorities forces. Now drones which were coming in have a restricted vary. They’re carrying arms and ammunition and are dropped inside. So, usually, they will journey most as much as 40 to 50 km, no more than that. For that, BSF will need to have the facility to grab them,” Shashi Kant mentioned.
The previous DGP mentioned, “He, nevertheless, additionally mentioned political events have been within the behavior of politicking over such issues as elections have been across the nook. “BSF was all the time there. On sure events, it was additionally there for inside safety duties; I don’t suppose there will likely be any downside. It has grow to be a political subject due to a false impression.”
Shashi Kant additionally mentioned the issue was that elections will likely be held in Punjab in just a few months. So, everyone wished to derive “political profit” out of the state of affairs, he added.
Former BSF ADG SK Sood mentioned BSF powers have been granted contemplating inhabitants within the space and police energy. The step, he mentioned, will divert the pressure from performing its main obligation of guarding the border.
“BSF in Rajasthan and Gujarat had 80 km-radius restrict from the border many years in the past as a result of there have been hardly any police, and inhabitants was low. However in Punjab, this was no subject, which is why BSF had 15 km. I feel this step will divert the pressure, which is already dealing with employees crunch, from performing its obligation. Giving powers to BSF is okay, however border guarding is our main mandate and we should always follow that,” Sood instructed News18.
On the drone subject, Sood mentioned these threats got here from throughout the border so the BSF’s main job must be to strengthen the border as a substitute of dealing with powers corresponding to search, seizure and arrest.